It is known that any form of art helps us develop our creativity and imagination. But did you know that it helps us express ourselves better? Some people, regardless if they have a medical condition or not may find it hard to express their thoughts and feelings. This can be quite frustrating if they have a problem and don't find the best way to describe how they feel in order to get the help they need. The inability to express themselves leads to frustration, anger, become socially isolated, and even depress or anxious. Self-expression is an important part of communication between people, so when there are issues in expressing ourselves, we can always opt for alternative therapies to help you release the emotions and thoughts we may having in an easier manner.

Music therapy proved to be very efficient when it came to managing self-expression problems. Even those people that have a hard time expressing themselves would like to be heard. They want to show the world who they are and what they are experiencing, especially when they need help and support in a particular manner. When a person is able to express himself or herself, the others will understand what the problem is and will have the possibility to answer back with understanding, support, and empathy, which is in most cases exactly what we need. Seeing that people hear and understand us is highly validating and it helps people stir away from loneliness, depression, and social isolation.

In recent years, there is an obvious problem with self-expression in the case of children and young people that had contact with technology from a very early age and for extended periods. Technology, such as mobile phones, tablets, and computers, are extremely attractive to children, but they should not be allowed to be used excessively or become one of the main activities of the children. There are many cases in which young children sit with earbuds in and are allowed to play with mobile phones or tablets for hours because they sit quiet and allow the parents to have some time off. But, using technology before being able to talk and express yourself properly can have severe consequences. These children can grow up with serious self-expression problems, not being able to tell their parents or people around them when they have a problem and what kind of problem it is. Thus, the child becomes angry, irritated, fussy, and hard to handle.

Their parents may think that their child is just hyperactive or has too much energy, but in fact, the child is upset and frustrated because he or she cannot communicate properly.

This is one example in which music therapy could help a lot. Through music therapy, the child with self-expression issues discovering that they do have a self and a new set of abilities, also learning how to use these new abilities at home, at school, and in other activities, they may be unrolling during the day. They will finally feel like having individuality, an identity that is different from all the rest around them. All of these are possible through music therapy. But why music and not another type of art form? Music is something that everybody enjoys. It has powerful emotional qualities and one-of-a-kind characteristics that make it so effective in unlocking the expression of our selves. Even people that don't have self-expression problem recognize the power of music in making them see and understand emotions better and find who they really are with ease. It is all about the melody, the dynamics of the sound that can be loud or soft, its harmonic qualities, and the music's tempo that help the development of both verbal and non-verbal self-expression.

In the case of a person that has to face challenges related to speech, music is a great way to allow that person to express himself or herself non-verbally. But not just the music's qualities are making it such an effective tool. Its proven neural stimulation abilities add up to its power. Various studies found out that music is processed by the human brain in several areas. A multi-site stimulation is obtained when music is used on a patient that leads to neural recruitment that is significantly increased and the possibility for new neural networking to form.

Music therapy has no musical goals involved. The patient that goes through this form of therapy is not singing or composing songs with the purpose of performing at one point. The goals are determined once the patient goes through an assessment process, which will tell the therapist how to use music to obtain the best results. But, if you want to use this form of therapy, make sure you are opting for a certified music therapist and not just a person that knows music. How are music therapy methods used to help the development of self-expression? Improvised instrumental music is one of the methods adopted by music therapists. In this case, several instruments are made available for the patient, according to his or her abilities. The patient may play the instruments alone or accompanied by the therapist. There is no particular song performed or musical sheet followed. But instead, the instruments are used to produce sounds according to how the patient feels and thinks. The patient is free to utilize the instruments to express himself or herself instead of using words.

Patients can also compose songs, with the help of the therapists, which helps them convey their messages to others; they can share songs that have a significant importance with the therapist, and they can also sing if that is the most appropriate form of therapy. Many patients go on to take a music composition course online, even. You don't have to commit to going to one of the music production schools. What is important to remember is that a person is not required to have musical background or knowledge in order to benefit from music therapy. This form of therapy is open to everyone that needs help in finding a better way to relieve frustration created by the inability to express themselves and by being misunderstood by the people around them. For many patients, music therapy was a great way to discover new skills and abilities that didn't just improve self-expression, but also relieved stress, frustration, and helped them improve self-esteem.

Author's Bio: 

Angelina is renowned health and fitness blogger. She writes about spirituality and Physiotherapy also.